Sunday, January 8, 2017

DNAWORKS is proud to offer THE WELCOME TABLE INITIATIVE to arts, educational, and community organizations!

DNAWORKS is proud to offer THE WELCOME TABLE INITIATIVE to arts, educational, and community organizations!

The Welcome Table Initiative

Who is it for?
Theatres, Schools, Academic Programs, and Community Organizations—any institution or group working to create a more welcoming environment for all people.

How long does it take?
We design it to fit your needs. Recommended is half or full year.

How does it work?
DNAWORKS’ Welcome Table Initiative (WTI) encourages productive and honest dialogue about key issues of identity, equity, access, opportunity, and representation. It begins with a 3-day Listening Project, in which DNAWORKS sits one-on-one and in small groups with community members to hear about their experiences, perspectives, hopes, and dreams regarding the state of their community/ organization and ways in which it can be more welcoming to all people.

We then lead the Crowdsourcing Change workshop, exploring the language that surrounds these issues and what different words mean to each of us. The workshop moves from open and courageous conversation into identifying personal and community-wide action steps in the form of Community Change Projects as a way to expand Welcome Table activities and values.

During the course of WTI, community “Change-makers” are invited to connect with each other and DNAWORKS via video-conference to be in action around their Change Projects. The guiding principle is that collective, incremental change leads to cumulative, measurable, and sustainable change

At the end of the WTI process, we gather to discuss the results of these change initiatives. We take the project information and participant experiences into We the Griot, a devised performance workshop in which we work as an ensemble to stage the multiple voices, perspectives, and stories of the members of the community. The results of the Change Projects and the devising workshop are then presented to the community in a celebratory event followed by a community dialogue.

At the end of WTI, DNAWORKS delivers a report complete with documentation of community voices, Change Projects, and the measurable change that occurred during the WTI time-frame. We use an arts and community-based assessment model. We will also include suggestions for future action.

Ultimately, the Welcome Table Initiative is set up to be a collective, creative process of listening, learning, self-expression and action, with ideas and performance generated by the community for the community. 

Thus far the Welcome Table Initiative has visited UNC-Chapel Hill/Playmakers Rep, Skidmore College, and Tufts University, and will soon be at San Diego State University. 

For more information:

Friday, November 6, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

THE RITUAL OF STORY ON-STAGE - Theatre Without Borders/Revolutions International Theatre Festival Symposium - January 29-February 1, Albuquerque, NM


Thursday, January 29 – Sunday, February 1, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Artists from around the world will converge in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to connect, exchange ideas, and find inspiration during the last weekend of the Tricklock Company Revolutions International Theatre Festival. 

The Symposium will feature performances, workshops, panel discussions, and gatherings. The focus of this year’s symposium will be The Ritual of Story on Stage featuring a series of roundtable discussions around storytelling: How has the way we tell stories in theatre evolved over the last 20 years? How are we telling stories of nation, culture, and identity in today’s world of post-industrial societies? What is the impact of our stories?  

We will explore traditional and non-traditional styles and ideas of process and theatre’s unique capacity to explore the unspeakable and unspoken. Along with these discussions and workshops will be the opportunity to see some of the most exciting world theatre happening today.

Click HERE for the final program.
*Program subject to change.

For more information and a full schedule of symposium events, please contact symposium coordinator Elsa Menendez at

The Revolutions International Theatre Festival is co-sponsored by The University of New Mexico and The National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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About Theatre Without Borders
Theatre Without Borders (TWB) is an informal, volunteer, virtual community that shares information and builds connections between individuals and institutions interested in international theatre exchange.

History: TWB began its evolution in November 2003 when American theatre director Roberta Levitow returned to the U.S. from a Fulbright Senior Specialist residency at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Following attendance at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre and theatre workshops in East Africa and Poland, she was searching for artists, theatres and organizations in the US that shared her interest in international exchange. 

Mission & Vision: TWB was born out of a need to connect artists around the world. TWB advocates for theatre artists who see themselves as members of a global community, as well as citizens of their respective nations and cultures. 

Seed & Grow: We plant seeds and watch the plants grow and develop, thanks to our many partners. We engage in projects where the enthusiasm, insight, knowledge, skill and commitment of TWB artists is leading to significant progress supporting international theatre exchange. 

About Tricklock Company and [The Revolutions International Theatre Festival
Founded in 1993, Tricklock Company, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a theatre ensemble whose mission is to create, tour, and produce theatrical work, and to foster international exchange and artistic development.
Tricklock Company believes that theatre is a vital tool for examining the human experience and intrinsic to the evolution of world culture. Tricklock Company is the theatre-in-residence at The University of New Mexico, managers of the Tricklock Performance Laboratory in downtown Albuquerque, and the producers of The Revolutions International Theatre Festival.

For three weeks every January, Tricklock produces The Revolutions International Theatre Festival. Hosting artists from around the globe, the festival includes performances, workshops, discussions, dinners, and community gatherings with a mission of connecting people through the art of theatre. Tricklock believes that the exposure to world theatre and culture increases mutual understanding, inspires communities, and empowers people to improve the overall quality of life for all people. The festival began in 2001 and has produced companies from Argentina, Ireland, Spain, England, Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Mexico, Italy, Israel, Thailand, Ukraine, Serbia, Russia, Armenia, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Canada, and the US. 

10 Year Anniversary and Launch of Hip Hop Theatre Initiative Website!

We are thrilled to announce that HHTI is 10 years old!

And to celebrate, we are launching the HHTI Website.

Please peruse our work over the last 10 years, join the Global Cipher on Facebook, and let us know your thoughts!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WORLD PREMIERE of Irma Mayorga's CASCARONES in Santa Fe

DNAWORKS, in collaboration with Teatro Paraguas

and Associate Producers Nicholas Ballas, Estevan Rael-Gálvez and Juan Rios, Diane Karp, Lisa Samuel and Les Samuel, and Roxanne Swentzell


The World Premiere of


by Irma Mayorga

Directed by: Daniel Banks
Produced by: Vanessa Pike-Vrtiak and Matthew McVey-Lee
With: Nicholas Ballas, Nicole Gramlich, Jonathan Harrell, Marcos Kelly, Roger Montoya, Bernadette Peña and Cristina Vigil.

PERFORMANCES: September 4, 5, 6*, 11, 12, & 13, 2014 at 7pm; 7 & 14 at 5pm.

At Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe, NM 87507

FOR TICKETS please call 1-866-394-6033
Or click the links below:

$15 General Admission

$10 Fixed Income Tickets

$5 Children tickets (age 12 and older)

*September 6 is the Gala performance and reception with special guests Mayor Javier Gonzales and playwright Irma Mayorga.

Please support our efforts to build community through art and dialogue by purchasing a Gala Ticket ($100, of which $75 is tax deductible). 

Click here to purchase.

About the play: 
Cascarones takes place in San Antonio, Texas, as teenager Mary Margaret Caceres, who works for the transit authority giving people bus route directions, attempts to understand the mapping of her community and city. As she navigates the daily challenges her working class family faces, she encounters in a dreamlike state John Wesley Powell, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, and the other men whose actions in the past influence her present.

Meet Our Creative Team! 
Actors: Nicholas Ballas, Nicole Gramlich, Jonathan Harrell, Marcos Kelly, Roger Montoya, Bernadette Peña and Cristina Vigil
Producers: Vanessa Pike-Vrtiak & Matthew McVey-Lee 
Production Stage Manager and Lighting Design: Ross Rauschkolb 
Set Design: Dahl Delu and Wendy Cutcher 
Costume Design: Jasminka Jesic 
Sound Design: Casey Mraz 
Props: Paola Vengoechea 
Stage Manager: Carla Garcia 
Assistant Stage Manager: Jason Jaramillo 
Assistant Director: Jasper Keen 
Press and PR: Janey Potts 
Graphic Design: Paulo Tavares 
Teatro Paraguas Director: Argos MacCallum

Community Engagement Associate: Brittany Delaney
Please click here to view a special message from DNAWORKS Co-Director and production Director Daniel Banks on the importance of producing Cascarones.

And here to hear award-winning playwright Irma Mayorga discuss why she wrote Cascarones.

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Tremendous thanks to Santa Fe Art Institute for hosting playwright Irma Mayorga as an Artist-in-Residence as part of their Community Partnership Initiative!


This production would also not be possible without the support of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, the McCune Visual Performing Arts grant through the NM Community Foundation, over 120 individual donors, and additional in-kind donations from: CG Higgins Chocolates; Casa Chimayo; Chocolate Maven; Clafoutis; Gruet Vineyards; Revolution Bakery; Whole Foods; Swiss Bakery; Cowgirl BBQ; Ken Dettelbach/Gateway Marketing; Graphic Sky; Santa Fe Valet and Limousine; Seth Friedman/Back, Body, and Soul; Ehrland Truitt Acupuncture; Raymond Kurshals/Pilates Santa Fe; Chef Louis Moskow/315 Restaurant and Wine Bar; Paulo Tavares/Paulo T Photography; & Jeff Thompson/Movement Matters Massage.

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SUPPORT AN ARTIST! We still need your help! Please click here to make a tax-deductible donation. All further donations will go toward artist fees.

We look forward to seeing you at the world premiere of Cascarones!

Reading of Edwin Sanchez's UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE

Sangria Sundays!

Please join us for a reading of...

Unmerciful Good Fortune

By Edwin Sanchez 
Directed by Daniel Banks
With Charles Gamble, Jonathan Harrell, Bernadette Peña, Nicole Phelps, Oscar Rodriguez, and Esme Vaandrager.
Stage Manager: Alexis Miles

Sunday, June 29


Teatro Paraguas
3205 Calle Maria, Santa Fe

Admission Free (Donations Accepted)
Reservations: (505) 424-1601
Limited Space - Reserve Today!
No Passport scheme
This reading is part of No Passport's 30/30-a US Latin@/NoPassport reading schemethat is presenting 30 Latina/o plays in 30 days across the US.
Please feel free to tweet your impressions of the play to hashtag #3030NP.
"The play centers on two Latinas: Fatima, a clairvoyant, uneducated hourly wage earner-turned- murderer, and on a successful, highly educated assistant district attorney, a single parent caring for her dying mother. From this unlikely pairing, Sánchez builds a story that examines class, racial and gender conflicts, family and professional relationships, friendship, heterosexual and homosexual love, self-realization, personal worth, and the ethics of euthanasia....” (Beverly Friend, LERNER)
“Since graduating from the Yale School of Drama in 1994, Edwin Sánchez has won more fellowships and foundation grants than most playwrights receive in a lifetime. Go see UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE and you will understand why.” (Virginia Gerst, PIONEER PRESS)
Edwin Sanchez Biography:
Winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award for La Bella Familia, recent productions include Unmerciful Good Fortune and Trafficking in Broken Hearts, both in Los Angeles as well as the world premiere of the romantic comedy I'll Take Romance at the Evolution Theatre in Ohio. Other productions include: Diosa, produced by Hartford Stage after a successful workshop by New York Stage and Film, Trafficking in Broken Hearts at the Bank Street Theater in New York, Unmerciful Good Fortune at the Intar Theater in New York, for which he received the Princess Grace Playwriting Award in 1994, and Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages in New York. This play was selected by the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference to represent the National Playwrights Conference at the Schelykovo Playwrights Seminar in Russia; Icarus produced by Fourth Unity, Actors Theater of Louisville as part of their Humana Festival, San Jose Rep and regionally throughout the U.S.; and Trafficking in Broken Hearts, Atlantic Theater in New York, and productions in Brazil and Switzerland. He was also among the playwrights involved with Brave New World, an organization commemorating the events surrounding September 11th. Edwin is on the playwriting faculty at Primary Stages in New York City.